Plenary Speakers

Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen Attari

Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Shahzeen Attari is currently an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Her research focuses on the interactions between natural and social systems, particularly human behavior and climate change.  Her previous work investigated preferences for behavior change and perceptions of energy consumption.  Her current work investigates effects of real-time energy feedback, how to use games for research and learning, and factors that motivate action in social dilemmas.
Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at The Earth Institute and CRED at Columbia University.  She holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

 Chris Flavin

Christopher Flavin

Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Worldwatch Institute


Christopher Flavin is a Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Worldwatch Institute.  He previously served as Vice President for Research and President.

Flavin is a well-known expert on strategies for transforming energy systems to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and power a low-carbon future.  He advises governments, businesses, and international financial institutions, and lectures widely around the world.

Mr. Flavin has authored three books: Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution, Running on Empty: the Future of the Automobile, and Renewable Energy: the Power to Choose.  He has also published scores of articles for popular and scholarly publications.

He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.  He has a cum laude degree in economics and biology from Williams College.  


Richard Luthy


Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University
Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment

"Re-Inventing Urban Water Supplies in the Arid West"  

Dick Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment.  His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality.  He is the Director of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center for re-inventing the nation's urban water infrastructure ( that promotes new strategies for urban water systems to achieve more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges- especially in regions experiencing chronic water shortages and vulnerabilities to cycles of very low precipitation like the American west and southwest.  In related work, his research investigates cost-effective and natural approaches for sediment restoration.
Professor Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and he has served on various NRC committees.  He is a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and Water Environment Federation Fellow.  

 Invited Speakers 

Joule Bergerson  
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Calgary  
"Energy Systems Sustainable Analysis" 
Matthew Eckelman  
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northeastern University  
"Modeling the Non-energy Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency Measures" 
Shelie Miller  
Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Michigan  
"Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Transformative Technologies"
Sally Ng
Assistant Professor and Baldwin Junior Faculty Fellow, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Air Quality and Healthy: Does "Particulate Matter" matter?       
Kristen Parrish  
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability and the Built Environment
Arizona State University  
"Small Buildings, Big Impacts: Promoting Energy Efficiency in Small Commercial Building Through 2030 Districts" 
Mike Stenstrom  
Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering
"Sustainable Water Supplies: Options for Better Stormwater Management:

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Abstracts are due October 27, 2014